Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas no longer produces insulin. Insulin is the hormone which helps the body unlock the cells to move glucose from the blood into the cells. Only around 10% of all people with diabetes, have type 1 diabetes.

There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, but it can be treated to ensure a good quality of life, with insulin (injected or via a pump). Advances in technology are making type 1 diabetes easier to manage, however it is a life-long condition.

There are no known causes of type 1 diabetes, and the onset of type 1 diabetes is usually sudden.  The symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Exhaustion
  • Increased urination
  • Nausea & vomiting

If you have the following symptoms please go to your GP or A&E immediately.

Please see the links below for more information about Type 1 diabetes:

JDRF – What is T1D?

Diabetes UK – What is type 1 diabetes?